The IGS UK is the UK chapter of the International Geosynthetic Society.

The aims of the IGS UK chapter are to collect and distribute knowledge about geosynthetics & their applications by facilitating conferences, symposiums, evening presentations & research in order to promote the advancement of the state of the art of geosynthetics & to improve the communication and understanding of geosynthetic products between designers, manufacturers and users of the products.

Upcoming Events

IGS UK/NWGG: Lightweight Geosynthetic Fill for Embankments and Bridge Abutments @ The Centre, Birchwood Park
Mar 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

IGS UK & The North West Geotechnical Group (NWGG) Joint Meeting:

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Lightweight Geosynthetic Fill for Embankments and Bridge Abutments

Speakers: Dave Woods (Jablite)

Location: The Centre (Engine Rooms), Birchwood Park, Warrington, WA3 6YN

Refreshments served from 6pm for 6:30pm start.


Geofoam expanded polystyrene is the often forgotten member of the geosynthetics family in spite of over 30 years of successful use in the UK and extensive use in the US, France and particularly Norway.

This presentation will cover the typical Civil Applications of EPS fill in embankment, retaining wall and bridge abutment applications and focus on a case study of the Irlam bridge replacement carried out in 1999 where an existing rail bridge was decommissioned and successfully converted to a load neutral embankment under a very tight construction programme over poor ground.

The presentation will also cover the more recent bridge replacement at Cow Lane Rail in Reading where a live rail bridge was replaced in a 5 day period using innovative construction techniques including the installation of 1,000m3 of EPS backfill to the bridge abutments in a single shift.


Notification: IGS UK Flyer – Warrington Talk 03_2019

MGS: The use of geosynthetics in environmental applications @ The University of Birmingham
May 13 @ 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

The use of geosynthetics in environmental applications

Speaker: Dr Russell Jones, Golder Associates

JOINT OPEN MEETING with the Midland Geotechnical Society (MGS)
Monday 13th May 2018

Time: Tea, Coffee and Sandwiches from 18:15, Lecture commences at 19:00.

Location: Lecture Theatre G31 in the Civil & Mechanical Engineering Building (no. 8 on the Edgbaston Campus Map), The University of Birmingham, B15 2TT

Event Flyer: TBC

IGS UK/IStructE: Bituminous geomembranes: their use in military contexts, historical perspectives @ Institution of Structural Engineers
May 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Bituminous geomembranes: their use in military contexts, historical perspectives

Speaker: Eugene Gallager, Bill Craig and Sam Hunt

JOINT OPEN MEETING with the History of Structural Engineering Study Group of the the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
Tuesday 14th May 2019

Time: Tea & Coffee from 17:30, Lecture commences at 18:00.

Location: Institution of Structural Engineers, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS

Event Flyer: IGS_UK_Flyer_Bituminous_Geomembranes_14May2019

IGS UK/BGA Invitational 2019 @ Institution of Civil Engineers
Oct 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

19th BGA Invitational Lecture: TBC
Speaker: TBC

JOINT MEETING with British Geotechnical Association
Wednesday 16th October 2019

Tea/Coffee Available from 17:30

Lecture Start: 18:00

Location: One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

Flyer: TBC

Previous Invitational Lecturers

IGS UK/EGGS: AGM and Topic TBC @ The Geological Society, Burlington House, london
Dec 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

IGS UK Annual General Meeting, followed by:

Title: TBC

Speaker: TBC

JOINT MEETING with the Engineering Group of the Geological Society (EGGS)
Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Time: Tea & Coffee from 17:30, AGM commences at 18:00, followed shortly after by lecture.

Location: Geological Society, Burlington House, W1J 0BA, UK

AGM Notification: TBC
2018 AGM Minutes: TBC

International Geosynthetics Society

IGS UK is the official United Kingdom Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS).

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